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Mental exam ordered for man charged in NYE crime spree
by Associated Press
Mar 28, 2012 | 1058 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ELKO (AP) — A Nevada judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a 24-year-old Utah man before he enters pleas to seven felonies relating to the New Year’s Eve carjacking of a West Wendover woman.

District Judge Nancy Porter on Monday suspended the arraignment for Logan McFarland until the evaluation is conducted at Lake’s Crossing in Sparks, The Elko Daily Free Press reported.

“He has been under a suicide watch at the Elko County Jail and he is presently taking medications, so I would think that he is not in a position to enter a plea,” public defender Gary Woodbury said during McFarland’s court appearance.

McFarland is charged with kidnapping, carjacking, robbery and larceny.

Authorities say McFarland and Angela Atwood, 26, drove to West Wendover in a car stolen from Utah. Atwood is accused of using a gun and trying to steal a West Wendover woman’s car with her inside.

Atwood is also known as Angela Marie Hill. Atwood faces similar charges, as well as attempted murder, but has not yet been arraigned.

The victim, Rattanaphorn Keomanivong, a female bodybuilder who operates a gym in West Wendover, fought with Atwood over the gun and was shot in the head when she tried to flee in her car. She drove herself to a police station and survived the gunshot.

After the botched hijacking, police say the pair fled from West Wendover to Wells, and at one point led authorities on a high-speed chase along Interstate 80. The couple was captured by authorities on Jan. 3 while crossing the Nevada desert on foot. A Nevada rancher checking on cattle from the air spotted the pair and contacted police.

McFarland and Atwood also are persons of interest in the slayings of 70-year-old Leroy Fullwood and his 69-year-old wife Ann, who were found dead at their home in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, on Dec. 31. Utah prosecutors say items stolen from the Fullwoods’ home were found in the car being driven by McFarland and Hill.

No charges have been filed in the Utah couple’s deaths. McFarland and Hill are both facing burglary charges in that state.
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